When Google released the Nexus 5 in stores just a few days ago, it was the first device that the company incorporated with the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. As all of you may already know, the KitKat is the latest mobile software from Google that contains the new updates for the company’s applications and other features. According to Google, it will be a more efficient operating system which will have the capability to run even older hardware models. Unfortunately, the Google Galaxy Nexus will not be included in these. Today, Google just confirmed the news.
Older Mobile Handsets
The Galaxy Nexus was made available in the year 2011. For a device which already has a more or less two years of age, it seems that it is already too old for the Android 4.4 KitKat update. This basically is Google’s reason for excluding this device for its latest mobile operating system. According to them, the KitKat is only compatible for mobile phones and other devices which, at the minimum, are only 18 months old. On the other hand, if you are also a loyal Apple consumer, you would know that when the tech giant updated the iOS 6 to iOS 7, they made it available to most of their devices even if they are already three years old.
Meanwhile, Google also noted that the chips incorporated in the Galaxy Nexus are made by a company called Texas Instruments. Currently, this company is not producing any more mobile phone chips which means that incorporating a new operating system might just be too troublesome.
Galaxy Nexus’ Features
According to its specification sheet, the Galaxy Nexus packs 1 GB of RAM, which means that it is perfectly capable of catering the Android 4.4 KitKat as its new operating system. Google said that the minimum capacity that KitKat needs is only half of the said RAM size and so a lot of Galaxy Nexus’ owners were pretty disappointed when they heard about Google’s news. Apparently, the company is strict when it comes to following its 18-month rule. On the other hand, if they did continue with implementing it, there is a chance that the Nexus 4 will also be eliminated off the list after four months – even though we know that its hardware components are still as powerful as the newer electronic devices.
When Google released its Nexus program, it catered innovations to software and applications which some companies are just beginning to achieve. Unfortunately, consumers should expect that they still have to invest some money in maintaining support for their devices. We are hoping that Google change this system but we are not expecting that it may happen in the near future.